Beach Pond (Hemlock Ledges)

Directions
From points north take Exit 5 off Rt 95. Go left (east) on Rt 102. Take a right (south) on Rt 3. Take a right (west) on Rt 165. Go for approximately seven miles until you see Beach Pond. Just before the road starts across the pond, turn left into a small parking area at the water's edge. Follow the yellow trail markers around the pond to the south end for about 3/4 mile. You will see the cliff on the left side of the trail.
From points south take Exit 4 off Rt 95. Go right (north) on Rt 3. Take a left (west) on Rt 165. Go for approximately seven miles until you see Beach Pond. Just before the road starts across the pond, turn left into a small parking area at the water's edge. Follow the yellow trail markers around the pond to the south end for about 3/4 mile. You will see the cliff on the left side of the trail.


Protection
There are trees just about everywhere at the top of the cliff to set up top-ropes. Due to the height of the cliffs practicing leading is not really practical.

Routes

Hemlock Ledges at Beach Pond is approximately 1/4 mile long and averages 15 to 20 feet in height with one section about 40 feet high. The rock is granite with little or no loose rock. There is a lot of moss and lichen on the rock due to the constant shade given by the large trees that grow at the base and the lack of climbing.. There are no known established routes on the cliff. There are many buckets so it is easy to create moderate routes. The cliff is promising for bouldering as you could put together some really long traverses. However, if you climb here you may want to bring a wire brush to clean the rock

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